A year does not pass that we do not have to say goodbye to long standing volunteers and members of our fair family. Their individual contributions in the many opportunities of the Great Geauga County Fair span decades. Their interest and dedication are appreciated and they will all be missed.
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Barber, Jr., age 61, went to be with his Savior June 4, 2019. Bob was not only a 4-H advisor, but the Junior Fair Pygmy Goat adult coordinator for many years. He oversaw the department and made it work. Even after he stepped down from the coordinator position, he volunteered to help in any way he could. Because of Bob’s leadership, the Club grew from 6 members to more than 50 showing multiple different species and is the largest 4-H Pygmy Club in the area.
Evelyn M. Blair, age 100, of Newbury Township, died March 19, 2019. She was a 4-H advisor for 25-plus years but is probably most well known for her involvement on the Geauga County Fair Auxiliary from 1957 until 2006 and in the Antique Department that was formed in 1973.
Barbara Jane Ricca, age 95, passed away peacefully March 23, 2019 in Newbury. Barbara was the last remaining “original” charter member of The Great Geauga County Fair Band, which formed in 1938. The Great Geauga County Fair Band played at her funeral.
Mary Jo Pritt, age 84, was called to heaven, carried home by angles on April 25, 2019. Mary Jo supported the local 4-H programs. Without hesitation when Mary Jo was needed she was always there for her family and friends. She was a source of loving support and wisdom. She and her husband, Artie, were longtime concession and huge fair supporters.
Richard Taylor, age 92, died July 13, 2018. Richard and his wife, Roma who passed away on Dec. 11, 2007, were founders of the Antique Market at the Geauga County fairgrounds and managed it for 35 years. Richard was a former fair director, fair treasurer, and a member of the Geauga County Fair Band.
Cyrene Zion, age 90, passed away in her home in Huntsburg on Sept. 27, 2018. Cy was the first woman inspector for the Ohio Department of Agricultural in 1971and was assigned to Geauga County. She attended the fair every day every year until retirement in 1998. From 2004 until 2018, she helped in the agriculture barns during the fair each summer.